MADISON (WKOW) -- The state's Justice Department wants to shift millions of dollars from schools, prisons, gang diversion programs and public defenders to pay for DNA collection and fund services for sexual assault victims.
The department asked Governor Scott Walker to take $10 million from those programs in his next two year budget, and put them into other services. It would mean the Department of Public Instruction would lose $3.7 million for alcohol and other drug abuse programs. Prisons would lose $4.1 million for guard training. The Office of Justice Assistance would lose $1.7 million for youth gang diversion programs and public defenders would lose $253,800 for training.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen tells The Associated Press the surcharge revenue is meant to fund DOJ programs.